The MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award opened in early September with around 4,500 wines from around the world. The 164-member international jury sampled wines from 42 countries and awarded 33 Grand Gold medals, 935 Gold and 1,004 Silver medals.
As in the spring tasting, Italian wines picked up most of the awards, with 9 Grand Gold, 216 Gold and 220 Silver, closely followed by German wines, which were awarded 400 medals. Spanish wines took third place with 324 medals.
The quality is increasing
“The average award rate of 43% in the current competition shows how the MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award is continuing to rise in quality,” says Christoph Mein-inger, CEO of MUNDUS VINI. Increasing numbers of top producers are presenting their wines at MUNDUS VINI with great success. These include the top vineyards from Italy and France, as well as wineries that are members of the German Wine Associa-tion (VDP) such as Bassermann-Jordan, St Urbans-Hof, Robert Weil and Prinz von Hessen. As in previous years, wines from the great Champagne houses were awarded Grand Gold and Gold medals; successful entries included Champagne Krug 2003 Brut, Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 2004 La Grande Dame Brut, Champagne Rui-nart 2004 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut and Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millésimé 2002 Brut.
As in previous years, special prizes were awarded. Coming out on top as “Best Im-porter” was the specialist dealer in Italian wines GES Sorrentino, which entered 62 wines and picked up 20 Gold and 13 Silver medals. Wines that were particularly out-standing in their category received a special prize, such as “Best German Pinot Noir” for the Hex von Dasenstein winery in Baden, the “Best South African White Wine” for Simonsig Wine Estate in Stellenbosch or the “Best Champagne” from the renowned Champagne house Krug.
Presentation of winners at ProWine China, Shanghai and Forum Vini, Munich
The MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award is to be held twice a year from now on for marketing reasons. In 2014 a total of 7,304 wines were examined carefully at these two tasting events. A selection of the winning wines will be presented in November this year at the international wine fair ProWine China in Shanghai (12 to 14 November) and Forum Vini in Munich (14 to 16 November).
The International Wine Award is one of the leading wine competitions worldwide. In addition to the spring and summer tasting sessions, a tasting of international organic wines with around 1,000 samples takes place each year. MUNDUS VINI is a subsidiary of Meininger Verlag, a leading publisher of wine trade and consumer titles as well as an organiser of events related to wine and beverages.